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Digging into the numbers: Western Conference All-Stars

Take a look at the stats that helped make the players on the 2015 Western Conference All-Star team shine this season.

POSTED: Feb 13, 2015 9:21 AM ET

By John Schuhmann

BY John Schuhmann

NBA.com

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— It's that time of year. All-Star Weekend? Yeah. But it's also the second anniversary of the launch of NBA.com/stats, which has a new look this season.

New stats too. On Thursday, play-type stats from Synergy Sports were added to the site. These allow to to see how often and how successfully teams and players run different types of plays (isolations, pick-and-rolls, post-ups, etc.).

As the best players in the league ready to take the floor at Madison Square Garden for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, it's time to dig into the numbers. With some help from both Synergy and SportVU, let's see where each of the 28 All-Stars thrive and what makes each of them unique.

Here are the 15 players representing the Western Conference, starting with the five guys fans voted in as starters.

-- Clutch time = Last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.
-- Effective field goal percentage = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA

All stats through Thursday, Feb. 12.

Kobe Bryant, G, L.A. Lakers

2015 All-Star Top 10: Kobe Bryant

Watch the top 10 plays from Western Conference All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

• Leads the league with 10.4 pull-up jump shots per game.
• One of two All-Stars with multiple triple-doubles.
• Has attempted the most clutch-time shots in the league.

More SportVU: One of two players with at least 100 3-point attempts who has taken more contested threes (104) than uncontested threes (80). The other is teammate Nick Young (133, 82).

Video: Watch all of Bryant's career-high 17 assists against Cleveland on Jan. 15.

Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors

2015 All-Star Top 10: Stephen Curry

Watch the top 10 plays from Western Conference All-Star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

League-leader in raw plus-minus at plus-585.
• Field goal percentage in the restricted area has improved each of the last three seasons. At 67 percent this season, it ranks fourth among guards with at least 100 restricted-area attempts.
Recording career highs in assist-turnover ratio, rebounding percentage, true shooting percentage, usage rate and PIE.

More SportVU: Has attempted 114 3-pointers in the first six seconds of the shot clock, 37 more than any other player and more than 11 different teams.

Video: Watch all 136 of Curry's baskets in the restricted area.

Anthony Davis, C-F, New Orleans Pelicans

2015 All-Star Top 10: Anthony Davis

Enjoy the top 10 plays from New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis representing the Western Conference All-Stars.

• Has shot 22-for-32 (69 percent) in clutch time, the best mark among players with at least 20 clutch-time shots.
• Leads the league with 12.6 points in the paint per game.
• Has turned the ball over on just 5.6 percent of his possessions, the fifth lowest rate in the league and the lowest among All-Stars.

Synergy: Leads the league in possessions and points scored as the roll man.

Video: Watch all 10 of Davis' put-back dunks.

Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies

2015 All-Star Top 10: Marc Gasol

Check out the top 10 plays from Western Conference All-Star Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.

• Leads the league with 13.0 elbow touches per game.
• Usage rate has increased each of the last four seasons and is at a career-high 24.8 this year.
• Responsible for 23.8 percent of the Grizzlies' assists when he's on the court, a rate that ranks third among centers.

Synergy: Ranks fourth in the league with 342 post-up possessions.

Video: Watch all 31 of Gasol's assists to Zach Randolph.

Blake Griffin, F, L.A. Clippers

2015 All-Star Top 10: Blake Griffin

Check out the top 10 plays from Western Conference All-Star Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

• Only player averaging 20 points per game, five rebounds per game, five assists per game, and shooting 50 percent.
• Part of the Clippers starting lineup that has played 206 more minutes than any other lineup in the league.
• Has increased the percentage of his shots that he takes from outside the paint every year of his career (see table below).

More SportVU: Has run 848 pick-and-rolls with Chris Paul as the ball-handler, almost 200 more than any other pick-and-roll combination in the league.

Video: Watch Griffin tie a career high with 11 assists against the Knicks on Dec. 31.

Blake Griffin shooting outside the paint
Season FGM FGA FG% EFG% %FGA
2010-11 132 393 33.6% 34.5% 28.6%
2011-12 110 315 34.9% 35.2% 30.8%
2012-13 127 376 33.8% 34.4% 35.1%
2013-14 184 508 36.2% 37.4% 37.4%
2014-15 170 421 40.4% 41.3% 47.1%
%FGA = Percentage of total field goal attempts

LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Portland Trail Blazers

2015 All-Star Reserves: LaMarcus Aldridge

Check out the top 10 plays that made Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

• Leads the league in mid-range shots for the third straight season, having attempted over 100 more than any other player.
• Has shot 29-for-30 (97 percent) on clutch-time free throws. Only one player has shot better on at least 20 attempts.
• Leads the league in field goal percentage (among players who have attempted at least 35 shots) against Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.

Video: Watch Aldridge shoot 7-for-10 from mid-range against the Mavs on Nov. 6.

DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings

2015 All-Star Reserves: DeMarcus Cousins

Check out the very best plays from Western Conference All-Star reserve DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.

• Leads the league with 8.8 fouls drawn per game, 2.5 more than any other player.
• Has grabbed 20.6 percent of available rebounds while on the floor, a rate which ranks seventh in the league and first among All-Stars.
• Has committed a turnover on 14.7 percent of his possessions, his highest rate since his rookie season and the highest among All-Stars.

More SportVU: Has been about three times more likely to receive a pass from Darren Collison when they run a pick-and-roll than Rudy Gay. Collison has passed Cousins the ball 43 percent of the time, while Gay has passed him the ball just 15 percent of the time.

Video: Watch Cousins shoot 15-for-23 in a win over the Clippers on Nov. 2.

Tim Duncan, F, San Antonio Spurs

2015 All-Star Reserves: Tim Duncan

Check out the top 10 plays that made Spurs forward Tim Duncan a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

• Has attempted 72 percent of his shots from the paint, the highest mark among All-Stars and the fourth highest among 87 players who have attempted at least 500 shots.
• Has shot 16-for-30 (53 percent) on clutch-time free throws, the worst mark among players who have attempted at least 20.
• His teammates have shot 51 percent off Duncan's passes.

Video: Watch all of Duncan's 10 assists (part of his fourth career triple-double) in Memphis on Dec. 5.

Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder

2015 All-Star Reserves: Kevin Durant

Check out the top 10 plays that made Thunder forward Kevin Durant a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

Leads the league with an effective field goal percentage of 57.3 percent on pull-up jumpers and is one of eight players (Bryant is another) who has shot better on pull-up jumpers than on catch-and-shoot jumpers (minimum 75 attempts of each).
Usage rate is down from 32.7 percent last season to 29.1 percent this season, the biggest drop-off among All-Stars.
Has an effective field goal percentage of 65.7 percent against the league's top-five defenses (Golden State, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Portland and Washington), the best mark among 118 players who have attempted at least 75 total shots against those five teams.

More SportVU: Has received a pass from the ball-handler 47 percent of the time after setting a ball screen, the highest rate among players who have set at least 150 ball screens.

Video: Watch Durant shoot 14-for-18 against the Warriors on Jan. 16.

James Harden, G, Houston Rockets

2015 All-Star Reserves: James Harden

Check out the very best plays from Western Conference All-Star reserve James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

• Has shot 10-for-19 on clutch-time 3-pointers, best among players with at least 15 attempts.
Has attempted 33 more first-quarter free throws than any other player and is one of two players (Lou Williams is the other) shooting better than 90 percent on at least 50 first-quarter free throw attempts.
• One of 10 players with at least 200 baskets in the restricted area, one of 16 players with at least 100 3-pointers, and the only player in both groups.

Synergy: Harden has had 60 more isolation possessions than any other player in the league.

Video: Watch all 10 of Harden's clutch 3-pointers.

Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers

2015 All-Star Reserves: Damian Lillard

Check out the best plays from Western Conference All-Star reserve Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Scoring average goes up every quarter, from 4.3 in the first quarter, to 5.1 in the second, 5.5 in the third and 6.6 in the fourth.
Has shot 62.3 percent in the restricted area, up from 49.9 percent last season. That's the third biggest jump in the league (minimum of 100 attempts each season), behind only James Johnson and Henry Sims.
Wesley Matthews, who is tied for the league lead in 3-pointers, has shot 45.6 percent from 3-point range on passes from Lillard and just 36.6 percent on passes from other teammates.

Synergy: Ranks second in the league, behind Monta Ellis, with 410 points scored as a pick-and-roll ball-handler.

Video: Watch all of Lillard's (league-leading) 31 overtime points.

Dirk Nowitzki, F, Dallas Mavericks

• Has attempted 17.3 percent of his shots from the paint, the second lowest rate (ahead of only J.J. Redick at 16.7 percent) among 87 players who have attempted at least 500 such shots.
• Has shot 45 percent or better on at least 400 mid-range attempts each of the last 10 seasons. Kevin Garnett (six) is the only other player who has done that more than four times in that timeframe.
• Effective field goal percentage has dropped each quarter, from 58.7 percent in the first to 46.6 percent in the fourth.

Video: Watch Nowitzki shoot 7-for-8 from mid-range against Milwaukee on Dec. 7.

Chris Paul, G, L.A. Clippers

2015 All-Star Reserves: Chris Paul

Check out the top 10 plays that made Clippers guard Chris Paul a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

Has 202 assists to Griffin and 121 to Redick. No other player has more than 114 assists to a single teammate.
Leads the league in on-court OffRtg. The Clippers have scored 115.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.
Usage rate jumps from 19.4 to 26.4 from the first half to the second half, the second biggest jump (behind only Bryant) among players who have played at least 300 minutes in each half. But his assist ratio drops from 41.6 to 29.7, the second biggest drop-off (behind only Jerryd Bayless).

Synergy: Only player with an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent on at least 300 shots as a pick-and-roll ball-handler.

Video: Watch Paul dish out 12 assists in Dallas on Monday.

Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors

2015 All-Star Reserves: Klay Thompson

Check out the top 10 plays that made Warriors guard Klay Thompson a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

• Has scored 0.485 points per touch, the most by any player with at least 1,000 touches.
• Has shot 53.6 percent from 3-point range in the 2nd quarter, best among players with at least 50 second-quarter 3-point attempts.
Has an effective field goal percentage of 63.0 percent at home and 49.4 percent on the road, the third biggest differential (behind only Bojan Bogdanovic and Nerlens Noel) among 174 players who have attempted at least 150 shots both at home and on the road.

More SportVU: Leads the league with 363 shots in the first six seconds of the shot clock.

Video: Watch all 13 of Thompson's buckets from his 37-point third quarter against Sacramento on Jan. 23.

Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

2015 All-Star Reserves: Russell Westbrook

Check out the top 10 plays that made Thunder guard Russell Westbrook a 2015 West All-Star Reserve.

Leads the league in usage rate, using 36.5 percent of the Thunder's possessions while he's on the floor.
• Leads the league with 7.5 fast break points per game, 1.6 more than any other player.
League's leading first-quarter scorer, averaging 8.3 points in the first 12 minutes of games.

Synergy: Has an effective field goal percentage of just 35.7 percent on isolations, the second lowest mark (ahead of only Eric Bledsoe) among players with at least 100 isolation possessions.

Video: Watch Westbrook shoot 18-for-31 on his way to 45 points in New Orleans on Feb. 4.